The M.S. in Accountancy (MSA) program is a one-year program designed to meet the professional accounting career-development needs of individuals with accountancy backgrounds that vary from a limited to a stronger background. The MSA program is appropriate for persons with accountancy or non-accountancy undergraduate degrees. MSA course work is customized to reflect educational and career backgrounds, as well as educational and career objectives.
The MSA program provides the academic prerequisites for candidates who wish to take the United States Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination. Graduates of the MSA program have had notable success in passing the examination.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has consistently ranked among the top accountancy departments in the United States. Business Week, U.S. News & World Report, and Public Accounting Report have rated both the undergraduate and graduate accounting programs among the best in the United States.